Online Poker

Background

Online poker is one of the most popular forms of online gambling in the United States. The game is played just like regular poker but against opponents online. After eight years of efforts, the US Senate was finally able to pass a bill that allowed online poker games played for real money to be legalized and regulated on a state-by-state basis in 2013. Nevada was the first state to allow people that were within state lines and over the age of 21 to play poker for money legally online. They were followed by Delaware and New Jersey that same year. These three states now have an agreement that allows player pooling between them. This means that New Jersey poker players can compete against players in Nevada and Delaware at online tables. Pennsylvania passed a law in 2019 to become the fourth state to allow online poker playing for money.

FAQs

  • Where can I play online poker for money?
    • Players within the state lines of Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania can play online poker for real money. Players in Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey are put into a pool of players that allows them to play against competitors in other states. 
  • Is online poker illegal in the other 46 states?
    • Online poker is not illegal in any state, but the only states in which it can be played for real money are Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. 
  • How old do I have to be to play online poker for money?
    • All players must be at least 21 years old to sign up for an online poker account. 
  • Are my winnings taxable?
    • Yes, all online winnings must be reported to the IRS when you complete your annual federal tax return. This is done on Form 1044. You will tally up your total winnings and report them under the “other income” section. The winnings must also be added to your state tax return and are taxed according to your tax bracket. Residents in states with no income tax are exempt from this second tax.

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